I am new to mobile photography, specifically iPhoneography and iPhone videography. Since I no longer own a DSLR (my son owns it instead), I use the best camera there is, the one I have with me all the time, which is my iPhone 6s Plus. Yes, it's an old cliche, but it makes perfect sense to me. I remember a number of years ago when the famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz, declared the iPhone 4s as the snapshot camera of today. I scoffed at her comment and thought, "Me? Never!" That was 2011 and I was still shooting film, so I had quite a ways to go before I began shooting all digital.
A little less than a year ago is when I had a serious talk with myself about using my iPhone as my go to camera. I no longer owned a DSLR and I didn't want another one due to it's heavy weight and large size. Before, I lugged my DSLR around to every event, big or small, so that I could capture a few moments of family, friends, and the occasional landscape photo. Meanwhile, my wife was taking thousands of photos with her iPhone and, I'm a bit embarrassed to admit, was getting about the same results as me. That was without using a dedicated editing program such as Adobe's Lightroom, and she was sharing her photos with friends and family way quicker that I ever was given the time it takes to download files to a computer, edit said photos, and then upload my favorites to various social media platforms.
Now, before I continue, please don't think this post is another iPhone vs. DSLR smackdown match. All cameras and accessories have their place in the world of photography. However, for me, the iPhone has freed me from constantly having to carry around a DSLR to restaurants, work, the park, school, and a myriad of other places. With my iPhone, I can capture, edit, and upload in a matter of minutes. For a person like me, with little patience, it has opened my eyes to photography's potential. I am learning something new about mobile photography on a daily basis. I am excited about the future of mobile photography and where it will take me.
I look forward to sharing more about mobile photography and videography in upcoming posts. There is a lot that has been written about accessories, apps, and artists. However, my goal is to offer something unique, especially for other first time users of mobile photography. I don't believe there is a right or wrong way to get started. The beauty of mobile photography lies in the fact that we have a camera with us at all times. Use it!